Maybe we should take things from a different angle on this whole 'bio' business," says JP, lead guitarist and songwriter for roGer, the three-piece powerhouse from St. Cloud, MN. "I just get a sneaking suspicion that nobody really gives a rip where I took guitar lessons when I was 13." Indeed, there is always a history to be told. Besides, you'd find them much more eager to talk about the future than the past
And with recent release of their self-titled debut CD, it is clear that roGer has a bright future ahead of them indeed. But with quick acclaim, come dilemmas. So far, the extent of fascination with roGer has found them attempting to deflect characterizations of the band that others have been so quick to pin on them. First of all, they are NOT a boy band. Yes, (lead singer) Juice is only 18 and - let's face it girls - they're all absolutely dreamy. And yes, there is that whole "family thing" - three brothers of varying ages and talents, with a father who's left a bit of his own musical legacy. But the similarity really does end there. They actually play their instruments, and they play them well. There's no lip-synching, no choreography, and none of those funny mics wrapped around their faces. And yes, they write everything themselves.
Yet, while roGer really does exhibit some of the enthusiastic, "teen-pop" romanticism that seems so largely absent in the brooding, self-absorbed melancholy of their alt-metal contemporaries, they're still anything but squeeky clean. With lyrics like Till Sunday's, "have another cigarette / and dream what hasn't happened yet / I might as well sleep until Sunday", their optimism is tempered with coming-of-age awareness of vice and fatigue. In the rollicking No Reason - "there's no reason to talk, I'm not hearing it / there's no reason to shout, 'cuz I don't give a shit / there's no reason to try and fix this mess we're in / don't know where to begin, and I'm not giving in" - there is definitely no sugar-coating the strife and selfishness that plagues relationships at any age.